Repeat after us, President Obama, the phrase is not hard to say: "Common [kom-uhn] Core [kohr]."
While Obama has no problem bragging about the new education standards adopted by a majority of states during his presidency, he clearly has an issue calling these standards by their name, the Common Core State Standards. In all the major education-related speeches we could find, Obama hasn't said "Common Core" once. (We even sifted through two searchable online archives of Obama's speeches for good measure. Nada.) Instead, he opts to talk about the Common Core in vague terms, dancing around the label that the public has come to know.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of new education benchmarks embraced by most states after Obama's Race to the Top competition tied the adoption of higher educational standards to federal grant funding for education. The initiative aims make sure students around the country are being held to the same criteria and puts more of an emphasis on critical thinking and deeper learning than previous education standards some states had in place.
But the term "Common Core" has become highly politicized, and it makes sense that President Obama would want to avoid saying it. Even though states voluntarily adopted the Standards, some critics -- often of the Tea Party persuasion -- allege that the measure is an example of federal overreach. Some anti-Common Core activists have taken to calling the Standards "ObamaCore," though others have pointed out that Obama's support could be harmful to the effort.
However, we can't help but think that Obama's education talking points would be much more succinct if he just called the Common Core by its official name.
We've compiled a video list of speeches in which Obama has referenced the Common Core but opted not to call them by their name. Take a look: